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When Your Healthy Diet Isn't So Healthy

Trying to eat healthier? Great. Just avoid these 9 common diet mistakes.

8. Unsustainable Approach to Weight Loss

If you're trying to lose weight, do it in a way that's going to last. Or the pounds are going to come back.

"I think when you're going on a diet, the most important thing is to find a way of eating that suits your lifestyle," Greaves says. "Ask yourself when it comes to any new diet, 'Can I eat this way for the rest of my life?' If the answer is 'no,' that's probably not the diet for you."

Fix it: If you want to lose weight, instead of going on a radical diet, make tiny changes in your life. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning -- a habit that research shows can help control your weight.

Move more, too. Aim for 30-60 minutes of exercise into every day. "Tiny little changes are the ones that will have the biggest results for your long-term health," Greaves says.

Reviewed on July 18, 2011

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